What is ‘Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural Development (SMSC) and British Values’?
British values is part of SMSC which is concerned with how children and young people make sense of the world and other people; how they interact with other people; and the sort of person they are now, and are becoming.
SMSC and British values is as much about how children are taught as what they are taught.
SMSC and British values is not something that happens in isolation – it is linked and inter-connected to everything the school does and what kind of place it is.
Since November 2014, all independent and state-maintained schools have had a duty to ‘actively promote’ the fundamental British values of:
How do we promote these at Willesborough Junior School?
Through PSHE we teach about democracy and how governments are elected. We also hold Junior Leadership Team (school council) elections at the beginning of every school year and the children are able to elect their class Junior Leader. We aim to replicate a real election by using voting booths, returning officers and ballot boxes. It is a very exciting time!
In the first lessons of every school year, the children participate in a lesson about the importance of rules, why rules are made and their responsibility to support the rules.
Rules are also discussed and developed through PE.
Through many aspects of PSHE teaching, the children are taught about the law in England and to support the children to distinguish right from wrong.
Throughout their time at our school, we actively encourage the children to develop independence and make choices. The children are encouraged to accept responsibility for their behaviour.
Through the Make a Difference Challenge in Year 5, the children learn that their choice can contribute positively to their community and society.
Please explore our website to see many of the lessons and activities that our children take part in to develop their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and their understanding of British values.